I wish I could figure out what’s going on in Little Miss’s head.
In fact, I need to figure it out, and I need to figure it out quick. Preschool starts for us on Tuesday next week. That gives me fewer than six days to figure it out.
Oh yeah… you want to know what I’m talking about, don’t you?
Well, Little Miss is potty trained. I swear she is. Or was. Or whatever. And when she starts preschool on Tuesday, she must be potty trained, or they’ll send her home. And then they’ll kick her out if she doesn’t get potty trained until she is potty trained. And I just can’t have that.
She knows that she needs to be potty trained to go. In fact, that was a big motivator to get potty trained. She really wants to go to preschool and be like Mister Man. And she really wants to continue swim lessons. And I won’t do swim lessons if she isn’t potty trained because that’s just too much yuck to clean up after 30 minutes in the pool.
In May, my mom started her potty training while they were in Florida, and she did pretty well. When she got home, we worked on it some more, and she did well and got it and had very few accidents of any type. She was still in diapers at night but even during naptime, she was in underwear.
Then she started wetting nearly every naptime, and we got tired of doing sheets on a daily basis. Into nappy-time Pull-Ups she went. And she is still in them. I’m totally fine with this part of it, as I know it’s hard to stay dry when sleeping, and frequently she is dry.
Then we started getting streaks. And not the running through the house naked kind of streaks. I’d be sort of ok with that, too. Nope, these are the kind that you find in underwear. Just a little streak and a little pebble.
So onto the potty she’d go, and … nothing. An hour later, I’d smell something, and we’d have another streak. And yep, nothing on the potty. And an hour later, repeat.
Seriously, I had to go out and buy her more underwear twice because I couldn’t keep up with the laundry. Eventually, she’d poop in the potty, but it appeared to be completely not related to her streaks. And it sometimes wasn’t until a day later.
My husband has had it and wants her back in diapers, but we can’t do that — one because it’s not recommended to go back and forth, two because she’ll be totally fine for days on end and three because she needs to be potty trained when she goes to preschool in a short five and a half days.
And yesterday, my mom watched the wee ones in the afternoon while I met with the principal at Mister Man’s preschool. In the two hours she had them, Little Miss had two accidents. Two of the pee pee kind. And she didn’t tell my mom when she did, she just kept on playing. In fact, I don’t know that she noticed them.
When we got home, not forty minutes later, she’d peed in her pants again. She had gone to the bathroom before we left my mom’s, so I don’t get it. And again, we discovered the accident only because my husband was about to take her out on an errand.
What is going on with her, and more importantly what is she thinking?
Is this a game of wills with her?
Does she not feel when she has pee or poop coming (which would explain why she stops the poop, but not until it’s started to come out)? In which case, what do we do about this? But she was fine for awhile, so something was working, right?
Am I doing something wrong?
I wish I could figure it out easily. But right now I’m stumped aside from reminding her that she needs to be potty trained to go to preschool, congratulating her when she does use the potty, and cleaning up after her. What else do I do? What am I missing?